A fortnight after Washington Irving students mounted a science fair for the school community, a half-dozen 3rd, 4th and 5th graders put on a show for the board of education.
Their enrichment teacher, Maureen Massaro, introduced the youngsters to members of the board, administration officials and a standing-room-only audience.
The students and their wide-ranging subjects were:
•Alyssa Cepin, 4th grade, who discussed how salt affects the water cycle;
• Therese Namin, 5th grade, who identified which type of crystal forms faster;
• Maya Kharem, 5th grade, who asked how geotropism affected plants;
• Antonio Franciosa, 4th grade, who sought to find the relationship between fertilizer and plant height;
• Robert Delvecchio, 4th grade, who showed how different types of water boil at different rates; and,
• Erick Zhinin, 3rd grade, who studied how long it takes a plant to germinate.
Equipped with trifold displays, abiding poise and clear grasp of their subject matter, the six provided a microcosm glimpse of last month’s Washington Irving fair.
At that show, 43 students chose a topic and researched it, calling on concepts learned in the WI science curriculum, including animal adaptation, electricity, solar movement, life cycles of plants and animals, magnetism, plate tectonics, simple machines and the water cycle. After deciding on a scientific question, the students ran an experiment, then analyzed and reported the results.